This past Monday, I turned 29 (AH I'M GETTING OLD!). Birthdays always have a way of making me reflect – what have I achieved since last year? Am I happy? Am I accomplishing my goals (or making steps towards them)? What do I need to do to make the coming year the best one yet?
This year, as I rode through the hills of Bloomington w/ Coach on the afternoon of my birthday, I was grateful to be doing what I love, pursuing a dream that many would shy away from because the rate of failure is so high.
In my 28th year, I made the decision to live regret-free. Since then, it’s been a series of great adventures (some of which are captured in the gallery below, starting most recent back to March 30, 2015! Check em out!). I’m not sure I could count the number of pools/bodies of water I’ve swum in, the cities I’ve trained and raced in, the new amazing people I’ve met and friends I’ve made, the workouts I’ve completed that I never thought I would be able to. I’ve adopted the philosophy of making my life what I want it to be as opposed to doing what others think I should; of taking action and getting to work, not sitting around and talking about it.
In my 29th year, every moment, every day, I am choosing to do what will get me one step closer to my dream of racing at the top of the sport of triathlon, whether that’s passing on dessert, doing that last set of strength exercises that I just reallyyy don’t feel like doing, or turning off my computer mid-show to make sure I get 9 hours of sleep for the next day’s training.
The result is a life free of regret – it’s an incredibly liberating feeling that I wish for every person out there. So, what will you do today to be happier, more accomplished than yesterday? Make the choice for this year to be the best yet and commit to it, one act at a time!